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Yellow-legged Clearwing
Synanthedon vespiformis

(Linnaeus, 1761) 374 / 52.012
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Skidby VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and local resident.

Pheromone lures: VES, VES+HYL, VES+TAB. Mainly on Oaks and other trees in suitable woodland where live stumps left after recent coppicing. The adult flies from late May to August and comes to lure quite readily in the afternoon.

This is another species where use of pheromone lures is showing it to be much more widespread than previously suspected. We now have records from all five vice-counties with moths recorded from VC65 in 2022 and VC62 in 2023.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Scarce and local in Yorkshire. This species had not been recorded since 1952 near Selby (YNU, 1970) until, in 1979, larvae were found in the south-east of VC63. Since then three more sites have been found and the first report confirmed.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 26 (13%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2023162SE65 - York (E)
28/07/2023161TA03 - Beverley (S) / Cottingham
26/07/2023165SE37 - Ripon
16/07/2023164SE37 - Ripon
13/07/2023164SE37 - Ripon
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